Re: [MysticCrossing] Digest Number 137
- I've sent the following letter to the Governor. Of course, I'm sure it
won't play well in the areas served by the former MDC, but it cuts to the
core problem in Massachusetts. Is walking [or biking] a transportation use?
Or is it merely a recreational activity?
Dear Governor Romney,
Putting the recreational agency in charge of sidewalk plowing instead of
the transportation agency is shameful enough, but you've compounded it by
hiding behind slick marketing campaigns like 'Fix it First'.
Why not 'fix' the obvious and make transportation agencies in charge of
transportation and the play agency in charge of recreation.
Of course for that to happen you would have to get to the point where the
transportation decision makers in the state would actually see walking [and
for that matter biking] as a transportation mode.
With your inappropriate firing of the head of DCR, instead of taking-on the
obvious, 'broken' components of the transportation agencies, I guess it is
clear that we're not there yet.
Craig Della Penna
62 Chestnut St
Florence, MA 01062
Now this 'take' on the subject might be seen as heresy, but quite frankly,
the best maintained trails, paths and sidewalks are ALWAYS those maintained
by the TRANSPORTATION agencies. NOT the RECREATION or PLAY agencies.
To a degree this is because the transportation agencies always have more
money, but it also cuts to the core of the mission of the agencies involved.
Moving people for valid (transportation) reasons or hosting people for
To see a trail so highly thought of for TRANSPORTATION uses, that it is
plowed, go to www.trailcam.org . This trail is maintained by the City of
Northampton's DPW not the Parks Dept for the obvious reason---kids use it to
bike and walk to school. Transportation uses--not recreational uses.
Ironically, in yesterdays Daily Hampshire Gazette and the Spfld Republican
there were articles about the City of Northampton's DPW agreeing to take the
lead and plow the Norwottuck Rail Trail bridge over the CT River. This is
because MassHwy doesn't do sidewalks and DCR doesn't plow because it is
outside their core mission of recreation-and they don't have the money.
Finally, it is doubly ironic that this tragedy that precipitated this
debate, took place in West Rox where a despicable sell off of a former RR
corridor owned by the MBTA to politically connected adjacent landowners is
about to happen. This is the only place in Mass where this is being allowed
to happen. Pretty sad that all these bad things happen in West Rox.
Craig Della Penna
Can anyone remember when the times were not hard and money was not scarce?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Craig P. Della Penna wrote to Governor Romney:
>...and later noted after the letter to the governor:
>Why not 'fix' the obvious and make transportation agencies in charge of
>transportation and the play agency in charge of recreation.
>Finally, it is doubly ironic that this tragedy that precipitated thisIt has been suggested by some that the reason that Romney took the issue
>debate, took place in West Rox where a despicable sell off of a former RR
>corridor owned by the MBTA to politically connected adjacent landowners is
>about to happen. This is the only place in Mass where this is being allowed
>to happen. Pretty sad that all these bad things happen in West Rox.
of a plow
running into pedestrians, which is really a traffic offense which itself
is not being pursued
as strenuously as it should have been, to the head of the DCR is to
wrest control of the
parkways from the DCR to the MHD. It has been my experience after the
that the DCR did a pretty good job of plowing the *parkways*. The
bikepaths are another issue. It is my feeling that the MHD is not
likely to do a better
job of plowing the paths around Boston than the DCR did. Part of the
plan to transfer
the parkways to the MHD would be to transfer the meager maintenance
with the parkways. Park maintenance would go down from its already
state as there would be almost no maintenance staff left in the DCR.
sidewalks along the parkways would be plowed, but bikepaths which are not
along parkways would have no one left to plow them.
-Doug Mink (who is trying to figure out ways to keep the MBTA from breaking
up the West Roxbury right-of-way)